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Learning Python

October 3rd, 2018
Python Book

Apparently after writing a CFA® exam and while waiting for your score the thing to do according to online forums is to learn Python. I’ve now passed all three CFA exams and I already have programming experience in: Microsoft BASIC, Turbo Pascal, C, C++, Perl, Scheme, JavaScript, Modula-2, Java, Objective-C, PHP, VBA, and ColdFusion. I learned them in that order too. It was a lot harder to learn to program in the olden days, used to be you had one book and some man pages. Now books are passé people just Google and complain the code they found doesn’t “just work” on Stack Overflow.

In the threads on the forums, certain online resources are often mentioned so of course I plan to check them out. I’m sure I’ll even post on Stack Overflow at some point. I have some old HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP which I need to update on this website, but learning Python is a priority because I always see it in job postings and I want a new job.

However, I’m old school so I went to the local foreign language bookstore and eventually found three O’Reilly books on Python, I opted for “Python for Data Analysis” even though online classes and ebooks are all the rage. I of course plan to review the resources linked to below. I also have my very first problem I want to solve in Python, an XML text file I want to extract strings from, and I may even attempt some of the Project Euler problems in Python, that is what I did last time I brushed up on programming languages along with building my web mashups, an iPhone game (or two), and overhauling this website.

Online Python Learning Resources

My biggest priority is of course to find a new job, I thought I’d at least have some interviews by now, but nada. I’m willing to relocate and obviously I have an IT background and Bachelor’s of Computer Science degree to go with my MBA and CFA studies. I linked to my resume in the second paragraph. I plan to work on learning Python, updating this post as I find resources/make progress, update and fix old code on and my other big goal after all my studying and all my knee, back and hip problems is to lose weight again. Needless to say I’m also trying to drink less.


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